It seems like ages have passed since the initial teaser for the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast was released to the world. For months, all we’ve had to go on is a brief teaser showing various parts of the castle, a hint of the Beast, the voices of Lumiere and Cogsworth and the briefest glimpse of Belle (and the rose!!!)
Now…at last, we have a better idea of what kind of story we’re going to see. The link to the trailer is below, and afterwards I’ll break down some of what I saw 🙂
- We see Maurice (Kevin Kline) plucking a rose shortly before the Beast appears and captures him. This is a nod to the original fairy tale (as Belle’s father is originally captured because he plucked one of the Beast’s roses, not just because he entered the castle)
- Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) and Chip (YES!!!! wasn’t sure if Chip was going to be in this version) all get proper introductions. I must say Mrs. Potts live-action look is going to take some getting used to. Lumiere’s accent doesn’t seem as bad in this trailer, so I’m not as worried about it now.
- There’s a moment dedicated to Belle being attacked by wolves (with Beast coming in for the save). Seeing this, I can only assume the plot is going to be largely faithful to the animated version of the tale (as opposed to Maleficent, which turned the plot of Sleeping Beauty on its head)
- Gaston (Luke Evans) shows off his “I say we KILL the Beast!” line, and so far he definitely LOOKS the part, I can’t wait to hear him sing though.
- To my delight I got a glimpse of the castle library (one of my favorite scenes in the original)!!!
- Several great shots of the battle between Beast and Gaston (with Belle watching in horror)
- The Magic Mirror puts in an appearance (Beast’s line “Show me the girl.”)
- And there’s a lovely piece of dialogue where Beast seems to be instructing Belle on something (I’m guessing it’s how to activate the magic mirror to show you what you want to see)
I can’t wait to see this film (only 4 months and 3 days to go!!) What do you think of the trailer? I still have a divided opinion on live-action remakes, but they definitely seem to be doing justice to Beauty and the Beast! -Becky
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